Am I Next?

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I open up the album by asking what does it mean to be "civilized" in a country where I am treated in very inhumane ways. No matter what stage of life I'm at I receive the judgement of people based solely on my appearance. In essence my life becomes shaped by other's perceptions of me, to the point that the value of my life is in doubt and the safety of my family is in constant question.

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So what does it mean to be civil in your eyes?
You label me a nigger and give me the door prize
That’s back door service entry out in the front lines
Blacks got no place in the service that’s no punch line 4
Spoken from the mind of a man that knows
Smoking gun in the hand with one eye closed
My third open on the field and it’s no Ha-lo
I heard coping get you killed so I don’t lay low 8
I’m a stand up dude in my man up mood
So I don’t snitch on the crew I take the bruise
And that’s none other than honorable my choice the best
If the pigs come shooting I’m a have on a vest 12
Fire back with my hands up resisting arrest
You damn right I’m a fight back until my last breath
Beating on my chest cause there’s treasure inside
I’m a God in disguise as a man why lie? 16
A Black man and since my youth been demonized
Captured on wax so I am immortalized
That means I’ll live forever my ego has been severed
Cut off at the root to this earth I’m untethered 20
Walk truth talking beats banging all through the streets
If I’m sagging, in fatigues, on the court or in cleats
The corporate office the drug spot wherever we meet
I got two lives to lead so I cannot sleep 24
I got to give my all just to compete and make a dent
Bounce off pavement shatter the ceiling to make rent
You see mortgage is for owners I’m on this land to work
Get my hands dirty flex even take off the shirt 28
A sex symbol the one that you love to hate
Aggressive the one your daughter wants to date
Suggestive I touch it your wife masturbates
And subjected to brutality prejudice and hate 32
I’m a man I’m a beast I’m a king with a plan
I’m a servant and master of ceremonial chants
I’m a spectacle you bet not get caught looking at
I’m a son, husband and father with a neck full of tats 36
Am I Next?!!

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from CIVIL​.​i​.​AM, released December 20, 2014
Production by Steve Wallace
Written by Miles Megaciph Thomas

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Megaciph Mobile, Alabama

Megaciph is Mental Energies Gather And Circulate In Positive Harmony. Using concepts that are timeless with a soulful approach to the music this is Hip-hop at its finest, it is the truth, infectious, beautiful, exotic, and masterful. Megaciph is a voice for all people. He is a welcome addition to the ranks of lyrical freedom fighter in the universal struggle against oppression. ... more

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